Political tension remains extremely high between
Israel and Iran, as both nations understand that their cyber technologies are
The U.S. and Israel have noticed Iran's growing
cyber ability still has limited offensive capability, but improved defensive
ability to counter foreign attacks. Iran has already accused the U.S. CIA
and Israeli Mossad of an attempted attack, but neither nation has taken
responsibility for the effort.
Cyber warfare allows each nation to engage in
aggressive attacks without direct military attacks against one another.
Iranian officials noted they detected attempted U.S. intrusions, and reportedly
have the capability of launching their own attacks against the U.S. infrastructure.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet
Napolitano previously pointed out that most nations don't even have a legal
framework for dealing with cyber issues.
The newly structured cyber command unit will
report directly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- the new
department is now developing ways to
defend against cyber attacks from Iran and other possible enemies.
"Israel has two principal targets in Iran’s
cyberspace," noted an Israeli security specialist. "The first
is its military nuclear program and its military establishment. The second is
Iran’s civil infrastructure. Attacking both, we hope, will cripple the entire
Cyber warfare can be used as a successful tool as
opposed to actual warfare, though it can be used interchangeably. The IDF
said computers and keyboards are the newer weapons, while social media tools
such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable online resources.
China and Eastern Europe launch sometimes well-organized
cyber attacks against western targets, while the United States scrambles to
increase cyber attack and defense skills. If unable to defend its
infrastructure, there is concern related to utilities and financial institutions
facing serious threat.
Israel has a very active and modern military
including newest generation aircraft and UAVs, along with specialized
anti-terror units. The country's cyber efforts need to increase while
Iran and other rivals publicly boast about
possible cyber capabilities against the U.S. and Israel.
Chinese hackers recently targeted
South Korean computer networks, and successfully swooped up 35 million
Koreans' personal information. A looming cyber-war between the U.S. and
likely, even though no one is really sure what that exactly means